Europa League motion returned final weekend with type and various outcomes for the three British sides within the competitors, with Chelsea beating Malmo whereas Arsenal suffered a shock defeat to BATE Borisov and Celtic misplaced to Valencia.
There may be nonetheless work to be completed for all the perimeters forward of the second-leg clashes however consideration has began to shift in direction of the draw for the Spherical of 16, the place eight enormous matches can be performed.
With Champions League soccer on supply for the winners of the competitors, the prize for lifting the Europa League is critical and will present the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea with a route again into Europe’s elite in the event that they fall brief within the Premier League.
Right here’s every thing that you must know in regards to the Europa League Spherical of 16 draw.
When is it?
The draw for the Spherical of 16 can be made at 12:00 GMT on Friday 22 February, the day after the Spherical of 32 matches conclude, and can happen in Nyon, Switzerland – UEFA’s headquarters.
What are the principles?
For the primary time within the competitors this season, there can be no seeding and no nation safety, that means Premier League titans Arsenal and Chelsea might be paired alongside one another, however UEFA might announce some restrictions forward of the draw – possible stopping sides from Ukraine and Russia dealing with off.
The primary title out of the hat will play the first-leg of the Spherical of 16 at house.
When will the matches happen?
The primary legs will happen on Thursday 7 March, the week that the second-legs of the Champions League matches start, with the return fixtures the next week on Thursday 14 March.
The draw for the quarter-finals will comply with on Friday 15 March, which can be the identical day because the Champions League quarter-final draw.
Who’s within the hat?
Sevilla turned the primary facet to seal their spot within the draw after beating Lazio 3-Zero on mixture on Wednesday. The entire different matches are nonetheless to be performed.
Europa League Spherical of 32 second-leg matches
Dinamo Zagreb (1) v (2) Viktoria Plzen
Crimson Bull Salzburg (1) v (2) Membership Brugge
Inter Milan (1) v (0) v Speedy Wien
Genk (0) v (0) Slavia Prague
Bayer Leverkusen (0) v (0) v Krasnodar
Napoli (3) v (1) FC Zurich
Chelsea (2) v (1) Malmo
Eintracht Frankfurt (2) v (2) Shakhtar Donetsk
Valencia (2) v (0) Celtic
Actual Betis (3) v (3) Rennes
Dynamo Kiev (2) v (2) Olympiakos
Zenit St Petersburg (0) v (1) Fenerbache
Villarreal (1) v (0) Sporting CP
Arsenal (0) v (1) BATE Borisov
Benfica (2) v (1) Galatasaray
March 15: Quarter-final and semi-final draw
April 11: Quarter-final first leg
April 18: Quarter-final second leg
Might 2: Semi-final first leg
Might 9: Semi-final second leg
Might 29: Closing – Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan